Defense typically wins championships. For the Bucs, their defense finally won them a game. Against the Washington Redskins, the Bucs recorded six sacks and picked off two passes. It was the type of performance that many expected from week one. Unfortunately for the Bucs, that hasn't been the case.
The six sacks were the most they've recorded since getting seven against Buffalo last season. Lovie Smith's defense is predicated on getting pressure with four lineman. Smith said the defense was the difference against Washington.
"Defensively we set the tone though. I said that first interception, but it was more than that," Smith said. "Gerald McCoy talked about setting the pace and what the defense needed to do and the improvements that we needed to make and I thought for the most part we did that. The front four got pressure."
One guy that continues to improve is defensive end Jacquies Smith. He had two sacks on Sunday and continues to flash pass rushing abilities. We've often discussed the Bucs trying to find another pass rusher to compliment Gerald McCoy. It's early, but Smith has a chance to be that guy moving forward. For young players like Smith, it's about believing in yourself.
"You ultimately get a lot of confidence. It’s just not only me having confidence in myself; I want my teammates to have confidence in me and the coaches, they put me out there on the field and just hopefully I’ll go out there and fulfill the role that they’ve given me,” Smith told the media after the game.
The Bucs finally won a game in convincing fashion. They did it with great defense and an efficient offense. It's what Smith has preached all season long. Finally this past Sunday, the team executed that plan to perfection.
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